Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has admitted that today's game against Real Madrid was a 'phenomenal feeling'.
Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli has told the club's official website that playing against Real Madrid today was a 'phenomenal feeling'.
Alli, 19, signed for Spurs from Milton Keynes Dons in January, but was loaned back to Karl Robinson's men for the rest of the season, helping the Dons to win promotion to the Championship.
Now though, Alli is at White Hart Lane, and will be hoping to make an impact on manager Mauricio Pochettino, whose work with young players last season was lauded.
The likes of Harry Kane, Ryan Mason and Danny Rose have all emerged through the ranks at Spurs, and were key players under Pochettino last term.
Midfielder Alli is hoping to follow suit, and was handed a start against Real Madrid in this evening's Audi Cup, with the Spanish giants running out 2-0 winners.
Speaking to the club's official website after his start against one of the world's biggest teams, Alli admitted his delight at playing from the kick off - and also has his eye on a place in the starting XI against Manchester United on Saturday.
"It's a phenomenal feeling for me, obviously I'm disappointed we couldn't get the result, but I'm happy to put on the Spurs shirt and start," said Alli.
"[I was] trying to show the gaffer what I can do, and try and earn my place in the team for the Manchester United game. It was a good team performance from us, but devastated not to win the game," he added.
Alli is tipped to be one of the next big things in English football, and his drive and goals from midfield last season were vital in helping MK Dons win promotion.
The jump from League One to the Premier League is a big one, but Alli has shown in his fleeting displays that he has the ability and the potential to become a star, possibly alongside Nabil Bentaleb in what could be a formidable midfield partnership for Spurs in years to come.
And under Pochettino, Alli may be working with the best manager for his development, given that the Argentina has put his faith in young players before - and few would rule out a start against United this weekend.